In Celebration of

Susanne Rausch

Susanne passed away peacefully on Friday, November 9th surrounded by loved ones having just celebrated her 89th birthday. Predeceased by her beloved husband Johann, her parents Joachim and Christine (Blaser) Stieb, her siblings Christine (Jakob) Schlarb, Karl (Katharina) Stieb, Heinrich (Theresa) Stieb, Theresa (Paul) Gerhard and Joachim (Eva) Stieb.

Susie leaves behind her much loved daughter Heidi, her chosen children Maciek, Charmaine and being Oma to sweet Norah. Susie was the favourite aunt and cousin to a large extended family and has kept them all close to her heart, particularly during the last few months. She has been the ‘cool’ aunt, a mentor, a confidant, the rock and the glue for the many generations and for many friends. She left this world comforted in knowing that her daughter is surrounded by many kinds of family, all who love both of them very much.

Susanne has had a life filled with challenges and many silver linings.

She had an idyllic childhood in Jugoslavia before being forced to flee her home with advancing Russian forces eventually establishing a new life in Germany. A vacation to Canada led to a chance meeting with her love, Johann, enticing her to move to another new country.

Another challenge met: she mastered the English language. Love gave her a daughter, the apple of her eye. Heidi was a joy and a challenge. Her personality helped her form wonderful friendships with many, particularly with her neighbours on Tweed Avenue and on White Lake.

Heidi would like to thank all those who spent time with her mother over the last few months, shared memories, had meaningful visits and helped both of them through this difficult time.

Friends are invited to Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery & Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, November 13th from 5-8 pm. A visitation will also be held at Martin Luther Church, 933 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario on Wednesday November 14th from 10am, followed by a Celebration of Life 11am. A gathering will follow.

Private interment will be held at a later date.


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Bill, Joce, Doug, Isabelle and Alyssa Blad (friend)

Entered November 11, 2018 from Greely

Will miss you so much. Heidi would not let me say sinful Christmas cookies, but I will miss your SINFUL Christmas cookies. I will also miss our talks and your late night calls. Love you,

Anna Levesque (Friends)

Entered November 11, 2018 from Embrun

My dear Heidi:

Please accept Henri and my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. The loss of a mother is so very hard to bear. I will always remember "Suzi" with fondness. She was always smiling and always had a kind word for everyone. I still remember meeting her for the first time while we were living on the farm and she had come from Europe for a visit. She had a quick smile even then and you could not help but like her. She has had a good long life and may you be comforted by the fact that she has so many friends, as well as a loving daughter, who will miss her very much.

Our deepest sympathy for your loss

Anna and Henri.

Maureen McDonald (Friend of Heidi’s and therefore Susie’s)

Entered November 11, 2018 from Ottawa

Susie was a most amazing person. Obviously having preserved through a challenging time in her youth given the world’s difficulties, she rose above it with her lovely smile and twinkle in her eyes which were always heart warming. I feel so blessed that Heidi brought her into our curling circle of friends especially as one of our Crystal Heart charmers along with my parents. We will miss her but will keep her in our hearts forever. Condolences to Heidi and ALL the extended family.

Karen walsh (Cousin)

Entered November 11, 2018 from Oakville

Very sorry to hear Tante Susie passed away. Heidi, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. From the entire LingertAt clan.

Laura and Marcus (Friend)

Entered November 12, 2018 from Ottawa

So sorry to hear about Susie's passing. She was such a wonderful woman. Warmest thoughts go out to all of her friends and family.


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